IT'S THE LAW!
The issue of sick days for staff comes up often so we hope this provides clear information.
- New Jersey education staff members receive a minimum of 10 sick days per year by STATE LAW.
- This law also mandates that sick leave may only be used for that person. Sick days MAY NOT be used for other members of the household or for any other reason.
- The district monitors attendance and chronic absences can have consequences.
- The district has the LEGAL authority to require a doctor's note for absences.
- Leaves longer than a few days must be approved by the Board of Education. Contact a building rep for assistance.
- When in doubt – find out – CONTACT YOUR BUILDING REP.
- 18A:30-1. Definition of sick leave: Sick leave is hereby defined to mean the absence from his or her post of duty, of any person because of personal disability due to illness or injury, or because he or she has been excluded from school by the school district's medical authorities on account of a contagious disease or of being quarantined for such a disease in his or her immediate household.
- 18A:30-2. Sick leave allowable: All persons holding any office, position, or employment in all local school districts, regional school districts or county vocational schools of the state who are steadily employed by the board of education or who are protected by tenure in their office, position, or employment under the provisions of this or any other law, except persons in the classified service of the civil service under Title 11, Civil Service, of the Revised Statutes, shall be allowed sick leave with full pay for a minimum of 10 school days in any school year.
- 18A:30-3. Accumulated sick leave: If any such person requires in any school year less than the specified number of days of sick leave with pay allowed, all days of such minimum sick leave not utilized that year shall be accumulative to be used for additional sick leave as needed in subsequent years.
- 18A:30-4. Physician's certificate required for sick leave: In case of sick leave claimed, a board of education may require a physician's certificate to be filed with the secretary of the board of education in order to obtain sick leave.